Seven water supply schemes will be upgraded in a jointly funded council and state government project aimed at improving the reliability of the region’s rural water supply.
Queensland’s local government minister David Crisafulli along with member of Whitsunday Jason Costigan and Mackay Regional Council (MRC) mayor Deirdre Comerford made the funding announcement on July 17.
Mr Costigan said that $361,480 had been set aside by the state government, as part of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, with the communities of Bloomsbury, Calen, Koumala, Armstrong Beach, Finch Hatton, Alligator Creek and Gargett all to benefit from the funding.
The project may also create opportunities for those pursuing apprenticeships in Mackay.
Mayor Comerford said that an additional $560,000 will be contributed by the council to fund the improvement of the region’s rural water supply.
“The project will deliver improved reliability in relation to water quality and address the demand issues that population growth places on water infrastructure,” Ms Comerford said.
Water and sewerage portfolio councillor Frank Gilbert added that the upgrades will provide some relief and allow for the continued supply of quality water on a reliable basis to the selected communities.